Real Weddings: Felicity and Dom’s Beautiful Castle Wedding

Happy Friday Cwtchers!

Its the turn of our very own Maria Farrelly today, who brings you the stunning wedding of Felicity of Dom at their local church of St Josephs in Penarth, followed by a reception at our gorgeous capital city’s Cardiff Castle!

And the sunset!! Wow.  Over to the bride and groom to tell you about their big day….

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Felicity and Dom’s Beautiful Castle Wedding

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How would you describe your wedding theme?

Classic

What was your favourite part of your wedding?

Walking down the aisle and seeing all our friends and family and my husband to be waiting there :)

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Arriving in the car at Cardiff castle and seeing all our friends and family again enjoying themselves

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Tell us about your Wedding Dress

I got my dress from all about eve in Chepstow. They were lovely. So helpful. The shop was very professional and has recently been refurbished. I went with my mum and tried some on then came back with my bridesmaids and mother in law as well. It was a really lovely experience and absolutely loved wearing in on the day.

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Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?

5 friends from school as bridesmaids, 4 for best men and a brother

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Why did you choose your venue?

We thought it was beautiful and the castle were so professional and friendly.

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Tell us about your photographer

Maria was brilliant. She met us beforehand to create a schedule for the day and she kept us on time thanks to this. She knew all the photos we wanted and then was fantastic on the day at spotting unique photo opportunities. She is very talented but also a lovely, friendly person who makes you feel comfortable all day. She was continuously checking I was ok which was nice and all the guests commented on how professional she was and lovely. Highly recommend!

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How did the proposal happen? 

On a mountain in Reykjavik under the northern lights. It was beautiful.

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Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share?

Instant print was brilliant for stickers, cards, posters. Items arrived very quickly and were really nice. Amazon sells lovely bags at good prices which can be used to make favours.

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What was your first dance & why?

Sweetest Thing-U2. The groom once personalised it for me :)

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In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently?

Nothing.

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Do you have any advice for future couples?

Enjoy every minute it goes so quickly. Make sure you like all the people who are a part of your wedding they really make the day special. We met some fantastic people. :)

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What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received?

Love your life and love your wife!

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What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

Dom: Choosing band and music.

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Felicity: Pretty much everything! Enjoyed making fun games and personal bits and bobs for tables and room. Loved meeting lots of people whilst planning wedding.

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Photographer: Maria Farrelly Photography 
Videographer: Craig from Cherished Memories
Ceremony Venue: St Joseph’s Church
Reception Venue: Cardiff Castle
Bride’s Dress: All About Eve
Bride’s Shoes: Kurt Geiger
Bride’s Jewellery: Pravins
Groom’s Outfit: Perfection Bridal and Menswear
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Coast
Cake: Friend
Flowers: Deacons Chepstow
Hair: Albion House Chepstow
Make Up: MAC
Band: Bring the Noise
Transport: Champagne Wedding Cars

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Real Wedding: Tara and Robs Beautiful Hallowe’en Inspired Day

Happy Friday Cwtchers!

Well I don’t know if anyone else has noticed, but there is suddenly quite a chill in the air – autumn is coming! And you know what that means, autumnal colours, jumpers, warms fires, fireworks and hallowe’en!

And we have a super gorgeous wedding for you to get you all inspired if you’re planning an autumn wedding.  Shot by the very lovely Elaine Williams, Tara and Rob show you how to do a theme right! With gorgeous colours and tones throughout, with just the right amount of nodding to the 31st October, you’re about to completely fall in love with the idea of a hallowe’en inspired wedding…..

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Tara and Robs Beautiful Hallowe’en Inspired Day

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What was your budget?

£7,000…and even that was much than we initially thought it would be!

How would you describe your wedding theme?

Halloween, autumn & harvest festival!

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What was your favourite part of your wedding?

We loved being surrounded by everyone we knew and seeing everyone having a great time and mingling! The speeches were great too…who doesn’t like hearing nice things being said about them!?

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Tell us about your Wedding Dress

I knew from the start I didn’t want a wedding dress, but equally I didn’t really know what I wanted! I went shopping with my bridesmaids looking for them really. I saw a dress in the Phase 8 concession and loved it, the girls persuaded me to try it on and it fit me perfectly and looked awesome on! After thinking about it for a bit i bought it there and then…i didn’t need any alterations and it was well under budget!

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Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?

Bridesmaid:
Best friends from school, Jodie, Fiona and Mary as well as my sister Nadia. I had a flower girl, my niece Millie and ring bearer was my nephew Nathan.

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Bestman:
Best man was Robs mate Jamie.

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Why did you choose your venue?

I loved the barn! I loved that the chairs didn’t match, the fairy lights in the ceiling and the little touches. Having our own bar and outside area ment that the guests wouldn’t be spread all over the venue.

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Tell us about your photographer

We searched for a while as it’s a big investment (our biggest after the venue), and decided on Elaine based on her relaxed style and th fact that she did a documentary style. We didn’t want to have lots of posed photos we just wanted to relax enjoy our day and trust that the photographer would capture the best photographs that way, which Elaine defiantly did!

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How did the proposal happen? 

Outside Cardiff City Hall walking home after a dinner out!

Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share?

I made toffee apples for place names and favours, they were surprisingly straight forward after a practice run I would defiantly recommend the use of a thermometer.

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I would also recommend the creating of table settings until as last minute as possible in case of cancellations or last minute changes to who sits where!
I enjoyed searching for vinyl records of the songs we used during the ceremony for a ‘guestbook.
We also had signs and bunting made by a talented friend which helped a lot!

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What was your first dance & why?

Foo Fighters – Everlong
We saw Foo Fighters live at a festival and have loved them ever since. The acoustic version of this song is the right mix of not being too mushy and a nod to the rock/indie/metal music we like!

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In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently?

Nope!

Do you have any advice for future couples?

Do what you want! Making a budget early on helps too!

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What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received?

Know when to say sorry and mean it!

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What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

Hanging out with friends and getting to be a bit creative!

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Photographer: Elaine Williams Photography
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Ty Mawr 
Bride’s Dress: Phase Eight
Bride’s Shoes: Vivienne Westwood Melissa Metallics 
Bride’s Headpiece: My Lavaliere
Groom’s Outfit: Master Debonair 
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: BHS
Cake: Alison Celebrations 
Flowers: Jan Lima
DJ: Cardiff Wedding Disco 
Stationery: Vista Print
Any Reception Decor/Props: Signage by Artisan WD 
Transport: Bijou Wedding Cars 
Other:

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Midweek Mini: Charlie’s Wedding Memories

Hello Cwtchers!

Today we get to share Charlie’s, our former lovely Cwtch Girl, favourite memory of her and Marks big day.

Happy Anniversary guys!

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When we decided our new midweek feature was going to be all about wedding memories I got a bit panicked because I knew it would soon be my turn to share mine. The problem with that is that my memories from my wedding day are all a bit hazy, and for once not through drink!

You know those cheesy TV programmes that use the wavy clouds around the edges just before going in to a dream sequence? That’s kind of how my wedding looks when I try and remember it, I know everyone says it but the day really does go by so quickly. The part of the day that I remember best was getting ready with my girls in the morning, I was very relaxed and had a brilliant morning (unlike poor Mark who got stuck in the barbers and ended up having to rush around!). c&m0122 c&m0275 c&m0355

But when I think of my favourite part of the day it’s not so much one specific moment it’s more a series of moments all linked by a warm fuzzy feeling. The best parts of the day were all the cwtches, all the love, all the smiles on people’s faces and most of all taking a few moments alone with my new husband and saying “we did it”. It’s hard to put this into words without being ridiculously mushy so I will share with you some of my favourite photos by our amazing photographer Maria Farrelly, honestly I look at our photos all the time even nearly two years later. I can’t recommend her highly enough.  c&m0166 c&m0170c&m0713 c&m0757 c&m0899 c&m1030 c&m1038 c&m1043 photobooth084 photobooth118 photobooth170 photobooth185 photobooth190

If you would like to see mine & Mark’s Cardiff Castle wedding in full you can click here :)

Charlie can now be found behind the camera – and she’s blummin good too! xx

Real Weddings: Andrew and Courtney’s Pink Rose Wedding

Good morning one and all Cwtchers!

Well I know I promised this wedding last week, but we had a little mishap, so here we are with this stunning day, shot by Sandra Ace, to keep you on the edge of your seat no more!

Enjoy!

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Andrew and Courtney’s Pink Rose Wedding

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What was your budget?

Our budget was £10,000 all paid for by ourselves. Courtney’s mum did pay for the church and beautiful flowers.

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How would you describe your wedding theme?

Our wedding theme was based around a flower that the bride liked which was a pink rose. We used a lot of hessian and roses in our decorations.

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All made by the bride and stationary from a company called The Vow.

What was your favourite part of your wedding?

My favourite part of my wedding was saying my vows to Andrew. Then walking out of the church to our guard of honour by Tenby RNLI Crew and Mid and West Tenby Fire Brigade. While our string quartet played our favourite Oasis song ‘whatever’ – that for me was so wonderful as Andrew is a crew member of Tenby RNLI and Tenby Fire Brigade. The services are very close to our hearts.

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Tell us about your Wedding Dress

I went to Allison Jayne Bridal Studio in Cardiff to try on wedding dresses and I chose eight to try on. My wedding dress was actually the second dress I tried on. It was a dress by Mark Lesley and had only been in the shop a week. I was the first person to buy the dress and I fell in love with it straight away, so much so that I ended up buying it 15 months before our big day. The bridal shop ordered me extra fabric from Mark Lesley which was used to create a different look to the top of the dress. Originally the dress had two thin straps at the front but I got a local seam stress from Tenby to alter it and make it more elegant at the shoulders.

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Gina Clode was the seam stress and she transformed the dress into exactly what I wanted. Gina even made my veil from the remain fabric we ordered for shoulders. I loved choosing my wedding dress. I wanted something that was different and that I’d not seen another bride in.

Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?

I picked my 3 best friends Cassie, Marcie and Leah, then my sister Keeley and sister in law Nikki as bridesmaids. My 3 best friends have been by my side and supported me through such difficult times through my life and I felt they were the girls to be my bridesmaids and by my side that day. Our flower girls were my friends daughter Ruby and my daughter Halle Aston.

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Andrew had two best men his life long friend Dean and his friend of many years Robert. Andrews usher were close friends Scott,Trevor and Peter. These also have helped Andrew through tough times in his life expescially when Andrew lost his father.

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Why did you choose your venue?

We are from Tenby and a lot of the venues used for weddings we have visited over and over for Christmas parties and other weddings.We chose Broadway because we had never been to a wedding there and when we viewed it we fell in love with the beautiful grounds and location. We wanted a special place to create our own memories in a place we had no memories of others.

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Tell us about your photographer

Our photographer was the lovley Sandra Ace. I came across her wedding photographs on Facebook and we both just loved her work. Sandra was amazing on our wedding day, capturing the most beautiful moments not only between Andrew and I but also between Andrew and his Nan. Sandra understood how Andrew felt about his nan and the bond they have, she was amazing. Sandra made us feel so comfortable and relaxed we loved every second spent with her.

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How did the proposal happen? 

Andrew proposed to me in Cardiff. He whisked me away for a night away when I was expecting our second child. The hotel room was filled with flowers and champagne on ice. It may not be a great proposal story but it was perfect.

Andrew knew that I liked a ring in a near by jewellers and although money was tight whilst we were renovating our house and with a second baby on the way, he went into the jewellers and paid off the ring weekly, just so I could have it.

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I had no idea, until he got down on one knee.

What was your first dance & why?

Our first dance was by Zachary Kibbee called Baby Blue. Andrew was working on a roof one day and heard the song on the radio, so he chose the song as all he could think of was me throughout the song. We both love it and enjoyed dancing to it on our wedding day.

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In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently?

We would not have done anything differently. I think our wedding was a true reflection of the love between us and the banter between us. We were so happy with everything.

Do you have any advice for future couples?

Do not aim to please others. It is one day for you, so put yourselves first and do the best you can with it. Enjoy it and take 5 mins to yourself as a couple to take it all in, as it goes so quick.

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What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received?

Never go to sleep on a argument

(By Andrews nan Theresa Aston)

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What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

Our favourite part about planning was hand making all our decorations and all the personal touches

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The Suppliers

Photographer: Sandra Ace Photography
Ceremony Venue: St Mary’s Church, Tenby
Reception Venue: Broadway Country House, Laugharne
Bride’s Dress: Allison Jayne, Cardiff
Bride’s Shoes: Rainbow Club
Bride’s Headpiece: Etsy
Bride’s Jewellery: Earrings by Pandora.
                                  Bracelet by Joma Jewellery
Groom’s Outfit: Mr Roberts, Pembroke Dock
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Etsy
Bridesmaid’s Accessories: Etsy and Joma Jewellery 
Cake: Cake by Mairwen Head
Flowers: Flowers by Shelley Webb
Hair: Hair by Jamie Hughes of Jamies Salon, Tenby
Make Up: Make by Nicole Devereux
Singer: Mike Jones
DJ: Nikki and Annemarie WestCoast Mobile Disco
Stationery: The Vow
Any Reception Decor/Props: All made by bride and groom. Bought from various places
Transport: Top Class Cars

The Wedding Album

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Real Weddings: Happy Anniversary – Tammy and Dan’s 1950’s Americana Wedding

Todays Real Wedding is a throwback as it is Tammy and Dans anniversary! Today I saw a massive vintage american car and it just reminded me of this amazing wedding that we featured last March.  I absolutely adored it.  Seen at it is the New Year, I thought I would take a little look back on a firm favourite of 2016, and here it is.  Tammy and Dan’s 1950’s Americana Wedding.  Its just superb! And not just because it was shot by our very own Maria Farrelly!

So without further ado, you’re about to be overloaded with inspiration! Enjoy!

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I’ve been looking forward to sharing this wedding for AGES!

As well as running Cwtch The Bride, some of you many not realise I’m also a professional photographer. This here blog was initially a little side project for me which has now snowballed into Wales’ best wedding blog EEK! Anyhow, besides having a great team now working with me on this blog, I still photograph weddings. And the one I’m sharing with you today is flipping awesome!

I had the privilege of photographing Tammy & Dan’s 1950’s Americana style wedding last July and hand on heart, it was probably one of my all time favourites! It had everything I love about a great wedding. An awesome Welsh venue, wonderful friends and family, loads of laughter, fabulous music, drinks flowing and bucket loads of love.

So grab yourself a cuppa, get comfy and enjoy!

Oh…and before I forget… this brave couple commissioned me to return the morning after and photograph all their guests hungover (some of which hadn’t slept!). it was great fun and i’ll be sharing those images with you all tomorrow morning! don’t miss that, they are hilarious!

Lets hand you over to the beautiful bride Tammy to tell you all about her awesome wedding!

Maria x

All images by Maria Farrelly Photography

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Our budget was whatever we could save over 3 years including any gift money from Christmas & birthdays, think it amounted to £20,000 which included our dream honeymoon.
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How would you describe your wedding theme?

50’s Rock & Roll with a splash of Americana :) We love America (especially Florida) and the closest available date for the venue we wanted was 4th July – Independence Day… how could we not add some American touches to the theme :)
We had sparklers and chocolate pretzels for the favours and went all out with American style food such as hot dogs, pulled pork, sweet potatoes and waffles with syrup and ice cream for dessert.Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon016Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon127Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon095
What was your favourite part of your wedding?

My favourite part of the wedding was walking out as Mrs Hagerty back down the aisle and halfway down realising it wasn’t a CD playing ‘All You Need Is Love’… it was a surprise full brass band booked by my father in law and to top it off one of our groomsmen Nathan was singing along with Scott on the drums who plays in a band with Dan – ‘Eric Unseen’.
The BTM Brass band sounded amazing and technically our first dance ended up being straight after the ceremony right there in the aisle.
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I saw a dress in a wedding magazine that was a short 1950’s style with lace sleeves, the dress was by Ellis Bridal.
I wanted to get my dress from the same place that my best friend Kate got hers as they were always very friendly, Sentiments in Bridgend.
I heard that Sentiments had a trunk show for Ellis Bridal so booked myself an appointment.
The dress that I wanted to try on wasn’t there so I tried on a beautiful fishtail version of the dress and it just suited my curvy figure so well!
I tried on plenty of other dresses including shorter styles and as fab as they all were I knew the fishtail style was the one and still in keeping with the 50’s style.
Lots of people commented on my look being very Priscilla Presley which I was over the moon about! Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon007Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon078Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon143
Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?

We had 6 Bridesmaids and 6 Groomsmen.Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon087Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon088All of them crazy in their own way and we loved having our best friends, sisters and brother by our side!
Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon091Dan couldn’t choose just one best man so he had two … Carl & Rickwood, I think they are now taking bookings as compares! They really were a double act on the day and kept everyone entertained.Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon105As for the bridesmaids they really helped me keep calm getting ready and then once their duties were done got up to their usual antics including photo bombing our professional pictures haha!

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Why did you choose your venue?

We really wanted a barn venue, and once we saw the Barn at Brynich with its beautiful on site cottages we knew we didn’t need to look any further.
The team at Brynich were brilliant, especially Simon who really looked after us from start to finish of the wedding planning and made sure the day ran smoothly!Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon109
Having the venue for the full weekend was perfect as we really got to make the most of spending time with the family and had plenty of help the day before with making sure everything was set up!
The sunday after the wedding was then time to unwind laugh and reflect! Oh and take morning after shots of the bridal party just for the fun of it! :)Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon069
Tell us about your photographer

Our photographer was Maria Farrelly, I was at a wedding fayre in the Millennium Centre (Cardiff) and after seeing quite a few portfolios I came across her stand and knew that I needed to book her straight away!
The work on her displays and portfolios were the exact style I was after and after speaking with Maria, she was so lovely and genuinely excited about our ideas so far!

Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon152I think after the venue, Maria was the next big tick off the list as it was so important to us that we had a great photographer. We are so happy with how the pictures turned out! Every moment was captured!

Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon008Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon032Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon068Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon157How did the proposal happen? 

Dan took me to Cardiff bay to where he had asked me out 5 years prior, he was so nervous and I was just thinking about what steak I was going to have in Cafe Rouge… then he popped the question! I was over the moon and ended up too overwhelmed to eat my food!Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon043Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon042The following week we jetted off to Venice which was absolutely amazing! No cars from the moment we got off the plane, it was just fascinating.

Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share?

As we both love music we had an idea for a lyric aisle backdrop to hang from the ceiling to the floor and with flowers either side.
It would have been too expensive to have real flowers but thanks to ebay there’s always an option to re-create a similar look cheaper.
The end result looked fab!Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon001Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon002I also made my own american style menu with vintage pictures of celebrities stuffing their faces! The idea just popped into my head and it may have taken me a couple of hours to create it but it looked fun and quirky on the tables.Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon021
We bought lots of sparklers on ebay and then used a template on Pinterest to print out and use as sparkler tags. Its definitely worth seeing what you can find online if you are trying to stick to a budget as all these little things could add up!

What was your first dance & why?

Our first dance song was Elvis Presley ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’… its one of our favourite songs and we didn’t want anything too modern.
Even though its a slow tempo song, everyone loved to join in swaying around the dance floor and singing the song at the top of their voices :)Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon120Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon121
In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently?

I do wish we had more video footage of the day but our budget couldn’t have stretched any further.
We have had a few video’s sent to us of the brass band surprise, our first dance and lots of our friends at the end of the night singing in the tipi around the campfire so we will be putting it all together and make our own video mixed in with some of the amazing photo’s we have from the day.

Do you have any advice for future couples?

As much as I love Pinterest, try to remember what is unique to you as a couple and how you can incorporate it in to your day.
The little things really do pay off!
Once all the handwork has been done upfront, when it comes to the actual day… what’s done is done and what isn’t, you just need to forget about!
The most important thing is getting married with all your loved one’s surrounding you.Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon040I had bought a lovely personalised cake topper but when we were decorating the tipi the day prior it had gotten lost… still haven’t found it to this day so I am glad I didn’t spend any time stressing out about it on the wedding day.

What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received?

Never go to sleep without resolving an argument :) Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon059What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

Our favourite thing of planning the wedding was shopping for the last bits and pieces like table decor, balloons, bunting and sweets!Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon017

The Suppliers

Photographer: Maria Farrelly
Ceremony Venue:The Barn at Brynich 
Reception Venue:Wedding Tipi (Placed at Barn at Brynich) 
Bride’s Dress:Sentiments Bridal  
Bride’s Shoes: Schuh 
Bride’s Headpiece: Veil by EnVogue and Flower Crown by The Flower Shop
Bride’s Jewellery: wedding ring handmade from Etsy
Groom’s Outfit: Next and Mrs Bowtie 
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: JJ’s House (online)
Cake: By my bridesmaid’s aunty :)
Flowers: The Flower shop Hay On Wye inc my flower crown
Hair: Bella’s Hair Boutique – Styled by Jess Davies (A friend)
Make Up: Amy at Dollybirds Beauty 
Band: Jammy and the dodgers – go see them at The Brewhouse 
DJ: None – We hired a jukebox 
Stationery: Be Our Guest (Etsy)
Caterers: Five Star Chef 
Any Reception Decor/Props: Bunting & Balloons – Not on the high street/hobbycraft , favours – ebay , pretzels – Holland & Barrett
Other:Ceremony Band – BTM Brass Band

Our Wedding Album

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